REVIEW FOR TALES & TAAL OF BLACK - PAINTINGS BY SHABNAM SHAH
Daira Centre For Arts & Culture is organising an exhibition of paintings in black & white, by Shabnam Shah. Titled "Tales & Taal Of Black", the exhibition is on from 10th to 30th January.
Ever since Shabnam discovered the infinite nuances of black, she has been working only in black. She works with a black dry pigment powder used in the preparation of local kohl/kajal that is applied in the eyes for its cooling effect and for their enhancement. The technique is quite precarious, and vulnerable to spills and smudges, as the work is entirely hand-driven.
Shabnam is constantly drawn to the sensuality of pure shapes, neat contours, crisp edges and delicate lines, especially after understanding that these have been created without the use of brush or pencil.
Shabnam Shah (b.1975) has done a 5-year National Diploma in Fine Art in 1998, in addition to her MA in Painting. She has put up solo shows in Delhi and in London at Birla Millennium Art Gallery, in 2007. She has, to her credit, over 20 group shows in major cities in India. In addition, she has participated in several art camps and workshops. Her works are in private and government collections in India and Abroad.